The late spring planting season that slowed many local area farmers is reflected in statistics on the progress of the corn and soybean crops reported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
For the week ending July 14, the condition of the national corn and soybean crops were behind last year and the five year average.
At the national level as of July 14, 16 percent of this year’s corn crop was at or beyond the silking stage. This was 51 percentage points behind last year and 19 points behind the five year average.
At the national level as of July 14, 26 percent of the soybean crop was at or beyond the blooming stage. That is thirty-seven percentage points behind last year and 14 points behind the five year average.
The corn crop development in the Gopher state is even further behind. In Minnesota, only one percent of the corn was in the silking stage by July 14, and that compares to a five year average of 24 percent. It is way behind the 72 percent of the corn crop that was in the silking stage on that date one year earlier.
The Minnesota soybean crop at the blooming stage is doing better than the five year average. This July14, 44 percent of beans are blooming compared to the five year average for the state of 34 percent. At the national level, this year still lags last year, but not by much, as 49 percent of the bean crop was blooming by mid-July last year.
USDA reports that 64 percent of the Minnesota corn crop is in good to excellent condition, and 63 percent of Minnesota beans are in good to excellent condition.
USDA reports that Minnesota’s topsoil moisture is 85 percent adequate and the subsoil moisture is 84 percent adequate.